150 years of innovation

As Berkeley Engineering celebrates a century and a half of making our mark on history, we're highlighting people with the pioneering spirit, creative energy and social responsibility that characterize the college. If you have someone you’d like to nominate for a Berkeley Engineering@150 spotlight, please let us know.

Gary May: Diversity champion

Berkeley Engineering 150Gary MayGary May (M.S.'88, Ph.D.'91 EECS), this year's graduate commencement speaker, has spent his career developing tools and programs to expand diversity in STEM fields. In his years as professor, dean of engineering at Georgia Tech, and now chancellor at UC Davis, May has become known for his approachable style and rapport with students and colleagues, and for his deep drive to help others succeed. Read more ...


Engineering innovators

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  • Andrew-Ian Gonzales Bullitt, Joseph Andrew Charbonnet and Tsai Chu Yeh

    Commencement speakers: Words of student wisdom

    Andrew-Ian Gonzales Bullitt, Joseph Andrew Charbonnet and Tsai Chu Yeh deliver this year's student addresses at the Berkeley Engineering commencement ceremonies.

  • John Whinnery

    John Whinnery: Fields and waves

    From the early days of the field, John Whinnery was a leader in electronic communications, who also played important roles as a campus leader.

  • Claudia Ostertag

    Claudia Ostertag: The future of concrete

    Civil and environmental engineering professor Claudia Ostertag is researching ways to make concrete more sustainable, without compromising its durability or strength.

  • Dave Dornfeld

    Dave Dornfeld: Leader in sustainable manufacturing

    Dave Dornfeld, first faculty director of the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, was a leader in green and sustainable manufacturing, as well as an influential teacher and mentor.

  • Rohan Phadte

    Rohan Phadte: Fake news fighter

    EECS student Rohan Phadte is building machine learning technologies to aid in the battle against fake news and misinformation on the internet.

  • T.Y. Lin

    T.Y. Lin: Visionary structural engineer

    T.Y. Lin perfected the use of prestressed concrete, profoundly changing the history of building construction throughout the world.

  • Rube Goldberg

    Rube Goldberg: An engineer's engineer

    Rube Goldberg, engineer tuned award-winning cartoonist, celebrated the simple art of needless complexity.

  • Shafi Goldwasser

    Shafi Goldwasser: Cryptography pioneer

    Shafi Goldwasser, director of Berkeley’s Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing , has made major contributions to cryptography and numerous other fields, creating work that “is crucial to the fabric of our connected digital society.”

  • Alice Agogino

    Alice Agogino: Diversity by design

    Alice Agogino's wide-ranging interests and expertise are reflected in the many facets of her BEST lab: space robots, sustainable technology, design education, and fostering diversity and inclusion in engineering.

  • Pete Bragg teaching

    Pete Bragg: Materials science pioneer

    Robert “Pete” Bragg Jr. was an expert in the structure and electronic properties of carbon materials, as well as an ardent supporter of diversity programs at Berkeley.

  • BRETT and Pieter Abbeel

    BRETT: Deep-learning robot

    BRETT the robot has learned to master a variety of tasks through trial and error, or what is known in artificial intelligence as "deep learning."

  • Nery Barrera

    Nery Barrera: Forest guardian

    Nery Barrera, a member of the civil and environmental engineering class of 2018 from Guatemala, knows firsthand the importance of environmental protection.

  • Archie Williams

    Archie Williams: Olympic champion and Air Force colonel

    After winning a gold medal in the 400-meter race at the 1936 Summer Olympics, Archie Williams became an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later a teacher.

  • Christine Ho

    Christine Ho: Printing batteries

    Christine Ho invented a new battery chemistry and a print-based manufacturing process to simultaneously fabricate and place microscopic batteries onto wireless sensors.

  • Robert Bea

    Robert Bea: Dr. Disaster

    Civil and environmental engineering professor emeritus Robert Bea, the Master of Disaster, has built a remarkable career studying failures – both engineering and human – in hopes we can learn from them.

  • Julia Morgan

    Julia Morgan: Iconic architect

    Julia Morgan, who graduated in 1894 with a degree in civil engineering, was an architectural pioneer and "a true California gem."

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Milestones of engineering

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